May 14, 2013; Lake Forest, IL, USA; Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Mel Tucker during organized team activities at Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Mel Tucker job status in doubt as Chicago Bears defensive coordinator?


The Chicago Bears wrapped up their 2013 regular season with a mind-numbing loss to the Green Bay Packers that put an end to one of the worst defenses in franchise history.

As Aaron Rodgers fired the ball downfield to a wide open Randall Cobb with less than a minute on the clock and the Bears clinging to their lead, Bears defensive coordinator Mel Tucker could only shake his head at the defensive breakdown in the secondary.

The breakdown was blamed on miscommunication after the game, but that error was not the only miscue as the Bears defense let a loose ball linger on the field following a Rodgers fumble late in the first half that went for a Packers touchdown.

These two plays could end up putting Tucker on the unemployment line and change the focus of his exit interview, according to Chicago Tribune’s Bears reporter Rich Campbell.

Tucker had to deal with a number of injuries on the defense in his first season running the Bears defense after coming over from the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he may be the scapegoat after the Bears worst rushing defense in the league and two inexcusable plays.

For the first time in franchise history the Bears didn’t hold one opponent below 21 points this season. That’s not a ringing endorsement for a defensive coordinator, especially when his unit gave up 88 points in the final two games with the playoffs on the line.

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  • Bears 1701

    This was the worst defense I can remember in 2 decades of being alive. The offense made progress but the defense was a turnstyle.
    If players aren’t living up to their end of the deal bench em, Urlacher had slowed down in the past few years, but he could read plays and have people where they needed to be and stop the run.
    Tucker needs to move on. You have to rise above adversity if you want a job in this league. The Bears just gave this season away.